Lusofonia: Mozambique to clash with SL in football semi-final
Mozambique will start as favorites when they lock horns with Sri Lanka in the football semi-finals in the 3rd edition of the Lusofonia Games at Nehru Stadium
Panaji: Mozambique will start as favorites when they lock horns with Sri Lanka in the football semi-finals in the 3rd edition of the Lusofonia Games at Nehru Stadium in Fatorda tomorrow.
Sri Lanka topped Group A beating Macau and drawing against Sao Tome e Principe to reach the semi-finals, while Mozambique lost one match before winning against India to finish second.
Mozambique, who are a much higher ranked team, played organized games in both the matches. Their midfield coordinated well. The defence also gave good account of themselves with keeper Cesar Machava putting up a fine show under the bar, making a couple of good saves against India.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka looked sluggish in the build up and will have to raise their game if they are to win tomorrow.
Mozambique coach Augusto Matine said he was happy with the way his team has played against India in the second match, which they won.
“All we need now is to remain focused and not let complacency creep in against the Lankans, whose confidence is high as they have not lost a match in the group stage,” Matine said.